Baker & Taylor (B&T) has announced the release of axisReader, a new ereader app developed specifically to work with the company’s Axis 360 digital media platform. The axisReader app is now available for library patrons to install on both Android and Apple iOS tablets and phones via the Google Play store and iTunes. Patrons can also find links to these download pages in the “App Zone” of Axis 360 library websites.
The new app will be available alongside the existing Blio ereader. Best known for its accessibility features, the Blio ereader app has been closely tied to the Axis 360 platform since its launch in June 2011. While Blio is compatible with PDF and EPUB formats, its primary format is XMS (Open XML Paper Specification). The new axisReader will offer a more streamlined experience for the more common EPUB format, according to a company announcement.
The “axisReader integrates fully with a library’s Axis 360 digital repository, allowing patrons to instantly borrow and download best-sellers and new release fiction and nonfiction titles in EPUB and PDF formats,” the announcement states. “The app is loaded with features including search within, dictionary lookup and highlighting selections while reading. Personalization within the axisReader also gives the user the ability to Find A Library, and to bookmark that link for easy discovery and download from the Axis 360 library.”